USMCA Signing

Following a Turbulent Year, the Apple Industry Looks to Rebound, Says USApple

Falls Church, Va. (August 21, 2020)—Following a shaky year, including COVID-19 market losses, the apple industry is cautiously optimistic, said U.S. Apple Association President and CEO Jim Bair today at the industry’s 125th Annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference. The virtual two-day meeting showcased growers, apple business leaders, and diverse speakers and topics, including Bair’s State of … Continued

Apple Production, Exports Up for 2019 Crop, Says USApple

Falls Church, Va. (August 20, 2020)— The 2019 apple crop was the sixth largest crop in history, said the U.S. Apple Association today at the organization’s 125th Annual Crop and Outlook Marketing Conference. Apple exports also rebounded during the past year, with a 15 percent increase in volume, but lower prices limited the export value increase to 7 … Continued

USApple Announces Staff Promotions of Allen and Grondine

Falls Church, Va. (July 23, 2020)—The U.S. Apple Association today announced the promotions of Jessa Allen to Vice President of Membership and Events and Tracy Grondine to Vice President of Communications.  “The USApple staff takes pride in running a lean and flat organization,” said USApple President and CEO Jim Bair. “So while their responsibilities aren’t … Continued

Christopher Gerlach Joins USApple as Director of Industry Analytics

Falls Church, Va. (July 13, 2020)—The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) today announced that Christopher Gerlach will join the organization as Director of Industry Analytics. Gerlach has a wealth of experience in public policy research and economic analysis for large, mission-driven organizations. Gerlach comes to USApple from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) where he … Continued

USApple, National Apple Industry Appeal for CFAP Funding; USDA Analysis Flawed, Says Groups

June 16, 2020 (Falls Church, Va.)—The U.S. Apple Association, joined by apple organizations across the nation, today urged the Agriculture Department to reconsider growers for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) funding. According to the groups, USDA’s analysis that determined apple prices and grower eligibility is fatally flawed and does not match the reality of what … Continued

Growers Urge Sec. Perdue to Consider Tree Fruit in CARES ACT Funding; USApple Launches COVID-19 Resource Site

Falls Church, Va. (April 13, 2020)—In an effort led by the U.S. Apple Association and Northwest Horticultural Council, tree fruit organizations are urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider the unique circumstances of growers during allocation of CARES Act funding. A letter sent to Sec. Perdue by a coalition of national, state and regional tree … Continued

USMCA Signing

Statement by Jim Bair, President & CEO “Locking in our two largest export markets is a sorely-needed win for apple growers across the U.S. The U.S. Apple Association commends President Trump for signing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA). “The USMCA is significant for the U.S. Apple Association and its members as Mexico and Canada represent … Continued